Register online for Saturday’s Ice Fishing Derby

The Goodwin’s Mills Firefighter Relief Association will host its sixth annual Ice Fishing Derby from 6 a.m. t0 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Kennebunk Pond.
Over $1,000 in cash prizes and Cabela’s gift certificates will be awarded.
Derby prices are $10 for ages 16 and younger and $20 for adults, with a family fee of $35.
Register at Goodwin’s Mills Fire Department daily or at the derby from 6 to 9 a.m.
For more details, contact


Amateur astronomers’ group meeting Friday night

The Astronomical Society of Northern New England will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The New School, 38 York St. A business meeting, also open to the public, will precede the meeting at 7 p.m.
The February agenda includes: Bernie Reim’s “What’s Up for the Month” and “Astro Shorts,” where attendees and members share questions, activities, news and observations. ASNNE is a local association of amateur astronomers.  Meetings are open to all who are interested in astronomy.
For more details, go to



Museum exhibiting 30 vintage, star-studded gowns

Over 30 vintage performance gowns from the private collection of Jane Morgan, an internationally-known stage and screen star in entertainment’s Golden Age, will debut at The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk this week. The exhibition, titled “Jane Morgan: In My Style,” is on display through May 21.
The museum’s annual Free February program offers free admission to the museum to explore the new exhibition of luxury designer gowns as well as to see the exhibit “Who Makes History?,” an inspection of recent town archaeological research.
For more details, go to


Two all-John Lennon concerts on tap this week

Mid-Week Music will present two “All John” concerts this week featuring the music of the late John Lennon.
The two shows will be performed by Kennebunk musicians and avowed Beatles freaks Dana Pearson and Andy MacLeod at 7 p.m. Wednesday and at 1 p.m. Sunday, both at the Historic Town House School at 135 North St.
Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for all others. They are available online at



Comedy, music shows coming in February 

Meetinghouse Arts, home to Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport, has announced its line-up of February performances, to be held at the First Parish Church at 40 Main St.
Folk Americana band Josephine County will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday. Audiences may attend the concert in person or via livestream.
Maine-based physical comedian Janoah Bailin will present his unique show “meSSes” at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Women in Harmony Outreach Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday. This 15-member ensemble is a subgroup of Women in Harmony.
Visit the ACAF website at for more details.


Tickets on sale for music festival opener

Tickets are on sale for “Love Stories,” the Portland Chamber Music Festival’s 2022 season opener, at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mechanics’ Hall Ballroom, 519 Congress St.
The show will feature performances by pianist Peter Dugan, acclaimed mezzo soprano Kara Dugan and Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon, PCMF’s artistic director.
All patrons will receive complimentary “Sweet Heat” drink infusion kits courtesy of Vena’s Fizz House.
Tickets are $75 for reserved seating; $45 for general admission; and $25 for first-time PCMF concert-goers (limited availability). All attendees must present proof of vaccination or recent negative test along with valid photo ID, and wear a well-fitting mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Tickets, complete program information, and the most up-to-the-minute safety protocols, are available at or by calling (800) 320-0257.



Two guided trail walks to choose from this week

Join Great Works Regional Land Trust for two guided trail walks this week.
Wednesday’s hike is from 10 a.m. to noon at the new Checkerberry Trail, which goes from Orris Falls into the Mount A trail system. Snowshoes or walking shoes recommended.
Then, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, go for an excursion at Orris Falls Conservation Area. Expect to visit Balancing Rock, Tatnic Ledges and Orris Falls.
Reservations are required. For more details, go to, or call 646-3604.


Historical society meeting Saturday

The New Gloucester Historical Society annual meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, next to the Town Hall on the Intervale Road.
Reports will be given. A special slide show will be shown. Refreshments will be served.
All members are urged to attend.
For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.



Webinar to explore how to extend growing season 

A webinar for home gardeners about how to extend the growing season will be offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Monday.
Frank Wertheim, UMaine Cooperative Extension educator, and Becky Sideman, UNH Cooperative Extension sustainable horticulture specialist, will lead the workshop.
Registration is required at to attend live or receive a link to the recording. A sliding scale program fee is optional.
For more details, call Pamela Hargest at 781-6099.
A five-session online course about soil health science for farmers and agricultural advisers will be offered 5:30–7 p.m. Feb. 14–March 25.
UMaine Extension educators and guest speakers will teach the course.
The sliding scale $60-$120 fee includes a free soil health test. Registration is required by Feb. 6 on the course webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call Ellen Mallory at 581-2942 or email


Learn how to tap trees and make maple syrup

Join Jason Lilley of University of Maine Extension from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday for a “Backyard Maple Production” webinar to learn how to make your own maple syrup.
Designed for beginners, the webinar will included tips on identifying and tapping trees, collecting and boiling sap, and filtering, grading and canning syrup.
Cost is a suggested $15.
To learn more, go to

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